Mangler wrote:The Purple Cloud looks muchos interesting Ecthus, good shout. Not sure if you ever picked up Inverted World? Another great sci-fi classic.
Big fan of Perdido Street, possibly my favourite of the Meiville books. Although City and the City is also superb.
I just finished the final book of Robin Hobb's Fitz and Fool series. A superb meeting and ending for all the threads woven over the course of her various books in that world. Great read if you've been following the series.
Also read the first of Sebastien de Castell's books 'Traitors Blade' - one of the more enjoyable action-packed fantasy I've read in quite a while.
Also finally got round to Jeff Vandermeer's 'Southern Reach' trilogy. Read 2 and have the third on the shelf. Really enjoying so far.
Bunch of others:
Hanging Tree - continuation of Rivers of London, enjoyable and readable series of urban fantasy.
A Family Trade - very first Charles Stross book I think? Page turner but nothing special.
And about a hundred other things I can't remember.
Has China Meilville got any more full-length books in the offing?
I am also a fan of Charles Stross and remember him as a Linux enthusiast and his contributions to the UK Monthy Computer Shopper
magazine. A Family Trade
is the first in the series of The Merchant Princes
and a second series in that universe has started with Empire Games
- although he is better known for the ongoing series of novels in The Laundry Files
in which the character Bob Howard, a one-time I.T. consultant turned field agent, has been recruited to work for the British government agency "the Laundry" which deals with Lovecraftian occult threats. The Laundry detected his code when he re-discovers certain mathematical equations that contact other worlds when operated on a PDA; the disturbance cause them to swoop in and to give him a mandatory job offer. ("I thought I was just generating weird new fractals; they knew I was dangerously close to landscaping Wolverhampton with alien nightmares.")
Curiously enough, Bob Howard was also the name given to his personification in the CS articles...! I think that he did say somewhere that he had had to reassess his writings in the SciFi field when reality started to copy some of the initially far fetched tropes that he had written about, but I cannot find where that was or about which things...
Consequently I am waiting to get my hands on the eight main book in the series (there have been some novellas as well) The Delirium Brief